With Removing Of Moisture Patents (Class 62/93)
  • Patent number: 11160890
    Abstract: An automatic disinfection workstation system utilizes a disinfecting workstation-light to disinfect surfaces within the workstation and may also include an airflow disinfecting system that utilizes an airflow disinfecting light to disinfect an airflow through the workstation. The workstation may have three walls forming the workstation enclosure and the disinfecting workstation-light may be configured proximal to the top of the walls and emit ultraviolet light to deactivate or kill germs or viruses within the line of sight of the light. The disinfecting workstation-light is actuated over the workstation to produce light with various lines of sight to more effectively disinfect the workstation. In addition, a light-angle actuator may rotate the light to further increase the various lines-of-sight. This combination of traversing the light at various angles may further enhance the effectiveness of disinfecting the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Frank Lytle
  • Patent number: 11137152
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a supply duct and a return duct fluidly coupled to the supply duct. A first evaporator is disposed between the supply duct and the return duct. A second evaporator is disposed between the supply duct and the return duct. A fresh-air intake is disposed between the supply duct and the return duct upstream of the first evaporator and the second evaporator. A first plurality of dampers are disposed upstream of the first evaporator. A second plurality of dampers are disposed upstream of the second evaporator. A divider panel is disposed between the first evaporator and the second evaporator. The divider panel directs air egressing the first plurality of dampers across the first evaporator and air egressing the second plurality of dampers across the second evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Rakesh Goel
  • Patent number: 11103608
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a mobile pretreatment method and apparatus, which may include: a vehicle-mounted system; and a detachable pretreatment chamber fluidly connected to the vehicle-mounted system. The detachable pretreatment chamber may be configured to accommodate an item for sterilization, and may include a temperature and humidity detector, a humidification device, and a water heating device. The vehicle-mounted system may be mountable on a vehicle, and may include an automatic control system, a heating system, a humidification system, and a water inlet system, the latter three being electrically connected to the automatic control system. The heating system may be fluidly connected to the water inlet system, and may be fluidly connected to the water heating device. The humidification system may be fluidly connected to the water inlet system, and may be fluidly connected to the humidification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignees: Chio Kang Medical, Inc., Qiaokane Biotech (Guangdong) Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Shengwei Hu, Jianlong Xue, Dongxin Hou, Xuzhong Liao, Xin Yin, Guqun Ren, Xiuling Zhong, Yuhua Zou, Yecheng He, Ziping Zhu, Lixiong Feng
  • Patent number: 11077735
    Abstract: A heating apparatus of the invention executes a first heating control for heating a heater core by a heat generation device when a process of heating the heater core is requested while an engine operation is stopped. The heating apparatus executes a second heating control for heating the cooling water which cooled an internal combustion engine, by the heat generation device and supplying the heated cooling water to the heater core when a heater core temperature is not increased to a requested temperature only by the heat generation device. The heating apparatus executes a third heating control for stopping the engine operation, heating the cooling water which cooled the internal combustion engine, by the heat generation device, and supplying the heated cooling water to the heater core when an engine temperature becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature while the second heating control is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidefumi Aikawa, Kei Okamoto, Minoru Ohmikawa
  • Patent number: 11067319
    Abstract: A heat exchanger system that includes a heat exchanger that includes a plurality of circuits wherein the heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between a refrigerant and a working fluid. The heat exchanger system also includes a valve configured to fluidly couple a circuit of the plurality of circuits to a flow path of the refrigerant. Further, the heat exchanger system includes a controller that is configured to receive feedback indicative of an operating parameter of the heat exchanger system and actuate the valve based on the operating parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Elton D. Ray, Jr., Tom R. Tasker, Eugene G. Sommerhauser
  • Patent number: 10974571
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning system includes an in-vehicle air conditioner that includes a refrigerant circulation circuit including a compressor and an evaporator; a weather information acquiring section configured to acquire weather information at a current location of a vehicle; an evaporator drying determining section configured to estimate a water retention amount of the evaporator based on the weather information acquired by the weather information acquiring section and an operation state of the in-vehicle air conditioner, and to determine whether the evaporator is in a dry state; and a compressor stop permitting section configured to output a permission signal for permitting stop of the compressor on a condition that the evaporator drying determining section determines that the evaporator is in the dry state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rino Oshikiri, Kunihiko Jinno
  • Patent number: 10961682
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems, devices, and methods for correcting foundation heave. Some systems may include a compressed air source configured to propel air having a relative humidity that is less than or equal to 30 percent and one or more air injection devices each configured to be disposed within an earth formation to deliver the air. Some air injection devices include an elongated body having: a length that is greater than or equal to 3 feet, a sidewall that defines a conduit extending along a longitudinal axis of the elongated body, the conduit being configured to be in fluid communication with the compressed air source, and a plurality of perforations, each extending through the sidewall and in fluid communication with the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: John Dustin Williams
  • Patent number: 10926223
    Abstract: An apparatus for water purification includes a membrane distillation (MD) cell; an air conditioner; a photovoltaic solar collector (PVSC) cell including a transparent photovoltaic cell configured to generate electricity, an absorber plate configured to absorb solar radiation, and a flow tube configured to receive the fluid; a first heat exchanger; a second heat exchanger; and a fluid source storing a fluid configured to circulate through the apparatus, wherein the fluid circulating in the apparatus carries heat generated by a condenser of the air conditioner to the PVSC cell where the fluid interacts with the PVSC cell to increase a temperature of the fluid to become a heated fluid; and the heated fluid circulates to the hot channel where the heated fluid drives the distillation of water in the MD cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Fahad G. Al-Amri
  • Patent number: 10883741
    Abstract: A dehumidification device with enhanced dehumidification effect includes a gas cooler receiving a first air gas and condensing the first air gas into a first condensing gas and a first condensing liquid. A heat exchanger has an inlet and an outlet. The first condensing gas flows from the gas cooler to a periphery of the heat exchanger to cool the heat exchanger. The inlet receives a second air gas from outside. The second air gas is condensed into a second condensing gas and a second condensing liquid using the cooled heat exchanger, and the second condensing gas and the second condensing liquid are expelled from the outlet. A gas heater receives the first condensing gas flowing through the periphery of the heat exchanger and the second condensing gas expelled from the outlet, and heats and turns them into dry air, and the gas heater expels the dry air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung Unviersity
    Inventors: Chi-Chuan Wang, Chuang-Hui Chiu
  • Patent number: 10884162
    Abstract: Devices and systems for determining personal outdoor comfort are described herein. One device includes instructions executable to receive inputs corresponding to characteristics of a user associated with a mobile device, determine a location of the mobile device, communicate an indication of the characteristics and the determined location to a computing device, and receive an outdoor comfort determination from the computing device, wherein the outdoor comfort determination is particular to the user based on the characteristics of the user and particular to the location of the mobile device based on a plurality of environmental parameters associated with the location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Weathervane Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Smoliak, Jason Smoliak
  • Patent number: 10830809
    Abstract: A temperature-managed equipment enclosure, wherein the fans are configured to draw air from the environment, and wherein damage sensors are distributed in a non-uniform and/or targeted manner. In an example embodiment, most of the damage sensors may be placed within a relatively narrow zone downstream from the cooling fans. In some embodiments, a relatively large percentage of the damage sensors may be placed in the areas characterized by one or more of the following: (i) relatively high linear velocity of the airflow; (ii) turbulent airflow; and (iii) a certain range of angles of impingement of airflow on the equipment surfaces. Advantageously, the disclosed placement of damage sensors can be used to enhance the ability to detect environmentally induced equipment damage with high sensitivity and/or certainty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Chen Xu
  • Patent number: 10823434
    Abstract: A dehumidifier according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: a body; and a water container mounted at an upper side of the body, wherein the body includes a seating part arranged at an upper side thereof and on which the water container is seated and a hollow connection port protruding upward from the seating part, and the water container includes a connection hole into which the connection port is inserted and a valve which opens the connection hole as the water container is mounted on the body. The dehumidifier prevents condensed water in the water container from leaking through the connection hole in a state in which the water container is separated from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Moon Sun Shin, Kwon Jin Kim, Hyeong Joon Seo, Sung June Cho, Kang Ho Choi, Seong Ryeol Myeong, Jong Chul Ahn, Dong Yoon Lee, Jung Un Choi
  • Patent number: 10780460
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is disclosed having a first cylindrical tube and a lead screw which extends coaxially inside the first cylindrical tube; the inner surface of the first cylindrical tube has guiding grooves, and a cleaning element is secured to the lead screw in such a way that a rotating movement of the lead screw moves the cleaning element in the axial direction along the guiding grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Robert Adler, Ekkehardt Klein, Christoph Nagl, Andreas Pollak
  • Patent number: 10774463
    Abstract: A dryer appliance including a cabinet with a drum rotatably mounted within the cabinet. The drum defines a chamber for the receipt of articles for drying. The dryer appliance also includes a sealed refrigerant circuit in thermal communication with the chamber and a condensation tank configured to receive condensate from an evaporator of the sealed refrigerant circuit. The condensate is selectively in thermal communication with a condenser of the sealed refrigerant circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: David Scott Dunn
  • Patent number: 10746439
    Abstract: A device to regulate the relative humidity level inside a CPV module, the device comprising a desiccant unit connected to the module via a duct, the module is also connectable to ambient atmosphere and the device comprises a switching mechanism that is actuated by a regulation unit, allowing a gas flow between the module and either the desiccant unit or ambient atmosphere. The air into the CPV module is let through a dehumidifier only when there is risk of condensation, which is determined from values of the air inside and/or outside the module by sensors sensing temperature and/or relative humidity and comparing these to thresholds or to the calculated dew temperature inside the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Gombert, Jakob Stor, Cecile Taliercio
  • Patent number: 10683644
    Abstract: A water-harvesting system can operate with a material that can take up and release water with minimum energy requirements and powered by low-grade energy sources, such as sunlight, in order to potentially allow its deployment into households, especially those located in sunny regions. A water-harvesting method and system can include vapor adsorption using a porous metal-organic framework. In certain embodiments, the porous metal-organic framework can include metal-organic framework in ambient air with low relative humidity, typical of the levels found in most dry regions of the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Hyunho Kim, Sungwoo Yang, Sameer R. Rao, Shankar Narayanan, Eugene A. Kapustin, Hiroyasu Furukawa, Ari S. Umans, Omar M. Yaghi, Evelyn N. Wang
  • Patent number: 10675582
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the disclosure correspond to, for example, a system for scrubbing a mixture of gases and/or contaminants from indoor air from an enclosed space to remove at least one gas and/or contaminant from the mixture of gases and/or contaminants. The system may include one or more adsorbent materials configured to be cycled between adsorption and regeneration of at least one of gas and/or contaminant from the mixture of gases and/or contaminants via a temperature swing adsorption cycle (for example), regeneration means configured to regenerate one or more adsorbent materials. The regeneration means may be configured at a regeneration temperature to regenerate the one or more adsorbent materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ENVERID SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Udi Meirav, Israel Biran, Abraham Bechar
  • Patent number: 10639574
    Abstract: A water extractor includes an inlet, an outlet a body, outer wall, inner wall, helical wall, plurality of catchment areas, and scuppers. The body extends between the inlet and the outlet. The inner wall is disposed radially inward from the outer wall and forms a main flow channel through a portion of the body. The helical wall extends between and is connected to the outer wall and the inner wall and forms a helical passageway fluidly connected to the inlet and the outlet. The helical passageway includes a plurality of turns along a bottom of the body. One of the catchment areas is disposed in each turn of the helical passageway. The scuppers are disposed in the catchment areas and are connected to and extend radially inward from the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Zager, Christopher McAuliffe
  • Patent number: 10605510
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating composite ice includes a water inlet system that receives water; a water treatment that operates on water delivered from the water inlet system, to provide treated water; a cooling system that operates on the treated water to generate ice; and an ice delivery system that outputs the generated ice. The water treatment system introduces a material that includes hollow particles to the water delivered from the water inlet system, the material being selected such that the generated ice, including light scattering centers created by the presence of the material, has an albedo greater than 0.15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Leslie A Field, Susan J Strehlow, Dave G Duff, Kimberly M Wiefling
  • Patent number: 10502503
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly includes an outlet header having a first side panel, a second side panel, and a front panel. The first side panel has a first side panel first portion, a first side panel second portion, and a first side panel arcuate portion. The second side panel has a second side panel first portion, a second side panel second portion, and a second side panel arcuate portion. The front panel extends between the first side panel first end and the second side panel first end. The front panel includes a front panel first end that abuts the first side panel first end and a front panel second end that abuts the second side panel first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander N. Kurochkin, Anthony DeLugan
  • Patent number: 10473343
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a supply duct and a return duct fluidly coupled to the supply duct. A first evaporator is disposed between the supply duct and the return duct. A second evaporator is disposed between the supply duct and the return duct. A fresh-air intake is disposed between the supply duct and the return duct upstream of the first evaporator and the second evaporator. A first plurality of dampers are disposed upstream of the first evaporator. A second plurality of dampers are disposed upstream of the second evaporator. A divider panel is disposed between the first evaporator and the second evaporator. The divider panel directs air egressing the first plurality of dampers across the first evaporator and air egressing the second plurality of dampers across the second evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Rakesh Goel
  • Patent number: 10443882
    Abstract: An outside-air processing device includes a main body having a return-air introducing port for introducing return air from a room and a supply-air outlet port for blowing out supply air into the room, a total heat exchanger arranged in the main body and configured to exchange heat between outdoor air and the return air, and to blow out the heat-exchanged outdoor air from the supply-air outlet port as the supply air, and an opening-closing unit configured to open and close a bypass path formed in the main body to bypass between the return-air introducing port and the supply-air outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Horie, Mamoru Hamada, Masaki Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 10422112
    Abstract: A modular apparatus for water production from atmospheric air includes: a first parallelepiped module having an inlet opening, an outlet opening, a ventilator, to force an air flow to cross an internal volume of the first module, a condensation unit, located internally of the first module that intercepts the air flow, and a collecting tub for collecting the condensation water; and a second parallelepiped module containing a refrigerating unit including a portion of a refrigerating circuit in which a refrigerating fluid circulates and an evaporator to cool the air flow inside the condensation unit; the first module and the second module are reciprocally fixed at a respective interconnecting face. The second module having an interconnecting face having a width equal to twice a width of an interconnecting face side of the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SEAS SOCIÉTÉ DE L'EAU AÉRIENNE SUISSE SA
    Inventors: Rinaldo Bravo, Luca Dal Canto
  • Patent number: 10215439
    Abstract: An information handling system includes first processing resources, e.g., GPGPU expansion cards, in a first thermal region of the system and second processing resources, e.g., one or more CPUs, in a second thermal region. The system may be configured to perform operations including determining a loading profile of the system. The loading profile indicates power consumption information for each of the thermal regions. One or more thermal fans may be configured in accordance with a fan configuration associated with the loading profile. The fan configuration defines a fan speed and airflow direction for one or more thermal fans and determines, in accordance with the fan speed and airflow direction of each thermal fan, a rotational angle of one or more rotatable airflow guides. The rotational angle of a rotatable airflow guide influences thermal fan airflow provided to one or more of the thermal regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Chun-Cheng Lin, Yenlin Wang, Chih Min Su, Chun Chin Wen, Hsiang Jung Chin
  • Patent number: 10166841
    Abstract: A vehicle climate control system has a control strategy which controls temperature of an evaporator in a refrigeration circuit to achieve a target temperature/relative humidity within a comfort zone which is defined by upper and lower temperature boundaries and upper and lower relative humidity boundaries. Several system embodiments are disclosed, including an all-electric system. All systems operate with improved efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald L. Larson, Dean A. Opperman
  • Patent number: 9906029
    Abstract: A system for controlling operation of a plurality of appliances includes first and second appliances. The first appliance is configured to report a power consumption via a network. A second appliance is configured to operate dependent on the power consumption reported by the first appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Wojciech Grohman
  • Patent number: 9804071
    Abstract: There are provided a sample cooling device capable of effectively removing moisture in the air inside an accommodating chamber where a sample container is accommodated, and of preventing a problem caused by occurrence of frost, an autosampler provided with the same, and a sample cooling method. A first driving process of setting a set temperature of a dehumidifier section to at or below the freezing point, and a second driving process of stopping driving of the dehumidifier section or of raising the set temperature of the dehumidifier section to above the freezing point after the first driving process is performed over a predetermined period of time are performed. Thus, the set temperature of the dehumidifier section may be made to at or below the freezing point by the first driving process, and moisture in the air inside the accommodating chamber may be made to temporarily attach to the dehumidifier section as frost and then be melted by the second driving process and be collected as water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9782716
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing water from compressed air is disclosed. The method includes the steps of passing a stream of compressed air through a pressure swing adsorption (PSA) dryer. The dryer includes at least one vessel containing a desiccant material bound into pieces, for example tubes, using a polymer binder. The PSA dryer also has a control system for controlling the flow of the compressed air and switching between drying and purging modes. In particular the vessel and desiccant material contained therein are sized to produce a dew point suppression of less than 50° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NORGREN LIMITED
    Inventor: Colin Billiet
  • Patent number: 9671117
    Abstract: A hybrid dehumidification system for controlling the humidity and/or both humidity and temperature in a space includes a cooling coil for first cooling, or cooling and reducing the humidity of, an airstream to be supplied to the space with an aqueous cooling medium, passing the thus cooled airstream through a desiccant adsorption means to further reduce the humidity of the airstream before supplying the airstream to the space, and regenerating the desiccant adsorption means by heating the desiccant with waste heat from a heat pump used to further cool the first aqueous cooling medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Munters Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Dinnage
  • Patent number: 9617909
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling a condensate level in a charge air cooler. In one example, a method may include adjusting an air flow to a membrane in response to a condensate level in the charge air cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Styles, John Hoard
  • Patent number: 9606592
    Abstract: A system and method of displaying the temperature and relative humidity data of sensors on a psychrometric chart. The system and method operate to display an environmental envelope on the psychrometric chart in order to compare the data of the sensors to the environmental envelope of the psychrometric chart, in order to ensure safe operating conditions for data center equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Raritan Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Ching-I Hsu, Siva Somasundaram, Neil Weinstock
  • Patent number: 9494350
    Abstract: A plate-type heat exchanger having a first heat exchanger portion configured to receive a refrigerant flow and a hot side coolant flow having a lower temperature than the refrigerant flow, a second heat exchanger portion configured to receive the refrigerant flow exiting from the first heat exchanger portion and a cold side coolant flow having a higher temperature than the refrigerant flow exiting from the first heat exchanger portion, and an internal heat exchanger portion sandwiched between the first heat exchanger portion and the second heat exchanger portion. The refrigerant flow through the plate type heat exchanger is in non-contact thermal communication with the hot side coolant flow and the cold side coolant flow. The cold side coolant flow transfers heat energy to the refrigerant, which in turn transfer that heat energy to the hot side coolant flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Prasad S. Kadle, Gary S. Vreeland, Frederick V. Oddi
  • Patent number: 9433891
    Abstract: A reusable, personal dehumidification system is provided that is utilized to remove moisture from the air within personal environments such that a user can remain dry. The system comprises a personal dehumidification device comprises a plurality of attached and foldable casings that support reusable moisture absorbing material therein. The personal dehumidification device is placed within a personal environment such that dry air is maintained therein to lessen a user's body perspiration while sleeping or the like. The personal dehumidification system further comprises a recharging unit, which is an insulated housing having a moisture wick material therein and an electrical heating element for releasing moisture from the personal dehumidification device when enclosed therein. The moisture is released from the device, whereafter the device can be reused within another personal environment to remove moisture therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis McRae
  • Patent number: 9322570
    Abstract: A system and method for removing condensate from an air conditioning unit is disclosed. A conduit includes an outlet portion that is connected to a chamber of a housing of the unit at a first location, and an inlet portion that is connected to the chamber at a second location where condensate accumulates. A gravitational separator portion which extends below the second location is connected to the outlet portion and the inlet portion. A draining portion having an orifice for allowing condensate to exit the conduit is connected to the gravitational separator portion below the second location. The first location is chosen such that during operation of the unit the pressure at the first location is less than the pressure at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hodges, Nallusamy Paraman, Robert Ferenc
  • Patent number: 9155229
    Abstract: An information technology enclosure has a processing subsystem and infrastructure subsystem in separate shipping containers that cooperate to process information. The processing subsystem has increased information processing density by concentrating information handling systems in a first processing shipping container that is supported with infrastructure equipment in a second infrastructure shipping container. In one embodiment, the shipping containers are arranged in a stacked configuration so that cooled air and exhausted air are exchanged through aligned vents formed in the ceiling and floor of stacked shipping containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ty Schmitt, Robert Riegler
  • Patent number: 9132382
    Abstract: A system for water extraction from air is provided. The system includes a housing having a plurality of openings allowing an air flow to enter into an inner space defined by the housing. The system also includes a sponge disposed within the inner space defined by the housing. The sponge includes a water absorbing/adsorbing material for absorbing/adsorbing water vapor from the air flow. The system further includes a presser disposed above the sponge and configured to compress the sponge to discharge water from the sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: LTA Corporation
    Inventor: John Goelet
  • Patent number: 9120054
    Abstract: A refrigerated air dryer includes a three-path heat exchanger 18 having an air path 18a, a refrigerant path 18b, and a fluid path 18c. The three flow paths exchange heat within a single unit to provide a compact heat exchanger with improved thermal performance at a lower production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY
    Inventors: Paolo De Piero, Maurizio Nardini, Charles John Bergh
  • Patent number: 9109840
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a unitary heat pump air conditioner (Unitary HPAC) having a plate type exchanger assembly, an electrically driven compressor, and coolant pumps. The plate heat exchanger assembly includes a plurality of plates stacked and hermetically sealed between an upstream end plate and a downstream end plate. The stacked plates define a condenser/chiller portion adjacent the upstream end plate, an accumulator portion adjacent the downstream end plate, and an evaporator/chiller portion sandwiched between the condenser/chiller portion and the accumulator portion. A refrigerant passageway extends through the plate type heat exchanger assembly, a hot coolant passageway extends through the condenser/chiller portion, and a cold coolant passageway extends through the evaporator/chiller portion. The cold coolant passageway and the hot coolant passageway are in non-contact thermal communication with the refrigerant passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasad S. Kadle, Gary S. Vreeland, Frederick V. Oddi
  • Patent number: 9038406
    Abstract: Dehumidifying cooling apparatus and method are provided for an electronics rack. The apparatus includes an air-to-liquid heat exchanger disposed at an air inlet or outlet side of the rack and positioned for air passing through the electronics rack to pass across the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is in fluid communication with a coolant loop for passing coolant therethrough at a temperature below a dew point temperature of the air passing across the heat exchanger so that air passing across the heat exchanger is dehumidified and cooled. A condensate collector, disposed below the heat exchanger, collects liquid condensate from the dehumidifying of air passing through the electronics rack, wherein the heat exchanger includes a plurality of sloped surfaces configured to facilitate drainage of liquid condensate from the heat exchanger to the condensate collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Robert E. Simons
  • Publication number: 20150128483
    Abstract: Described herein is a heating system where air is drawn into a system where hot gas is injected into it. The air is then discharged at a regulated temperature into an environment through ductwork to heat environments to elevated temperatures and employing functional modules to further condition the air to humidify, dehumidify, decontaminate with airborne free-radicals, and filtrate in both stationary and portable applications. The system is useful to eradicate pests, disease germs, bacteria, viruses, and mold. The system is also useful in water remediation and comfort heating. The system can be configured to create a parallel path to both heat and dehumidify the airflow blended and discharged at the operator-chosen set-point temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Supplier Support International, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Krupp, Kevin D. Krupp
  • Patent number: 9021818
    Abstract: Device for cool drying comprising a heat exchanger (2) whose primary part is the vaporizer (3) of a cooling circuit (4) which also includes a compressor (6) driven by a motor (5), a control device (16) for this motor (5) and measuring device (17) for the lowest air temperature (LAT), measuring device (18) for the ambient temperature (Tamb) and a flow meter (19), whereby this control device (16) can be at least switched in a first user mode in which the cooling circuit (4) is only activated when the gas flow exceeds a preset value and a second user mode in which the lowest air temperature (LAT) is maintained within a certain range by controlling the cooling circuit (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Airpower, Naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventors: Monica Dalla Valle, Wouter Denis Ann Van Dijck
  • Patent number: 9021810
    Abstract: A power plant includes a boiler, a stream turbine generator, a post combustion processing system, a feed water regeneration processing system and a heat exchanger. Heat from the heat exchanger is used to regenerate (a) a reagent that absorbs carbon dioxide from flue gas and (b) a water-lean desiccant used to increase plant operating efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    Inventors: Kunlei Liu, James K. Neathery
  • Publication number: 20150114015
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an air inlet configured to receive an inlet airflow. The inlet airflow comprises a process airflow and a bypass airflow. An evaporator unit receives a flow of refrigerant and is cools the process airflow by facilitating heat transfer from the process airflow to the flow of refrigerant. A condenser unit receives the flow of refrigerant and (1) reheats the process airflow by facilitating heat transfer from the flow of refrigerant to the process airflow, and (2) heats the bypass airflow by facilitating heat transfer from the flow of refrigerant to the bypass airflow. The process airflow is discharged via a process airflow outlet and the bypass airflow is discharged via a bypass airflow outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Steven S. Dingle, Marco A. Tejeda, Timothy S. O'Brien, Todd R. DeMonte, Vincent Yu
  • Publication number: 20150107281
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating liquid water include multiple atmospheric water generation devices adapted to produce liquid water from atmospheric humidity, used in conjunction with a turbine. The turbine is usable to simultaneously provide power to the devices, while the air intake thereof is used to move air associated with the devices, enabling a generally continuous supply of atmospheric air to be processed while reducing the accumulation of heat associated with the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Moses West
  • Patent number: 9003815
    Abstract: An aircraft air conditioning system has a fresh air line connected to a fresh air inlet for supplying fresh air to the air conditioning system and a sorption device disposed in the fresh air line which contains a sorbent for taking up moisture from the fresh air flowing through the fresh air line. The sorption device is adapted to expose the sorbent contained in the sorption device to ambient pressure surrounding an aircraft carrying the aircraft air conditioning system when the aircraft is flying for the purpose of regeneration of the sorbent. The sorption device is thermally connectable to a heat source that is adapted, when the aircraft is flying and while the sorbent contained in the sorption device is exposed to the ambient pressure, to supply thermal energy from the heat source to the sorbent contained in the sorption device for the purpose of assisting the regeneration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Baker Al-Ali
  • Patent number: 8973383
    Abstract: A humidity control apparatus has a humidity control apparatus having a humidifying part for humidifying air and a dehumidifying part for dehumidifying to control humidity of a humidity control space. The dehumidifying part has: a main body part that is configured to encapsulate a working fluid therein and to cause a heat-pipe phenomenon. A heat-insulating part fits externally to the main body part and a heat absorption part absorbs heat from a base side part located on one side of the main body part in relation to the heat-insulating part and thereby condenses the working fluid that evaporated into gas in a front side part located on the other side of the main body part in relation to the heat-insulating part. The dehumidifying part dehumidifies the air by means of the front side part of the main body part where the working fluid in liquid form evaporates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Espec Corp.
    Inventor: Shinichirou Sakami
  • Patent number: 8959936
    Abstract: A method for operating an HVAC system includes the steps of adjusting a heating temperature of a heat exchanger disposed in a first flow passage, directing a first partial air mass flow through the first flow passage, directing a second partial air mass flow through a second flow passage, and directing the first partial air mass flow and the second partial air mass flow downstream of the first flow passage and the second flow passage, wherein the heating temperature of the heat exchanger required to at least one of achieve and maintain a desired climate in the passenger compartment of the vehicle is set as a maximum heating temperature for the heat exchanger, and wherein only an amount of energy required to at least one of achieve and maintain a desired climate in the passenger compartment of the vehicle is added to the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Halla Visteon Climate Control Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald Richter, Tobias Haas, Marc Graaf
  • Patent number: 8943850
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for air conditioning, capturing combustion contaminants, desalination, and other processes using liquid desiccants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: 7AC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Vandermeulen, Jack I. Hanoka, Chaim Hanoka
  • Patent number: 8943843
    Abstract: A method and machine for producing fresh and cool air, dew drinking water, hot air for the dryer, hot water for bathing or other purposes using an energy-saving and environmentally-friendly multipurpose air conditioning as a generator of dew drinking water, hot water and dryer. Mixture of fresh outdoor air and returned air from the rooms passed to the evaporator coils to condense the moisture from the air to produce pure and fresh dew drinking water and cool fresh air, where the air is then flown back into the room. Municipal water or other water then dip the hot discharge line to subcool the refrigerant before entering the condenser thus saving energy and at the same time produce hot water that can be used for bathing or other purposes. Hot air coming from air-cooled condensers can be used as a dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Budhi Haryanto, Arda Rahardja Lukitobudi
  • Publication number: 20140349214
    Abstract: A device for cooling and dehumidifying gases includes a first hollow body with a gas inlet, a gas outlet and a condensate drain; a second hollow body with a coolant inlet and a coolant outlet; and a drive unit. The first hollow body encloses the second hollow body at least in part. One of the first hollow body and the second hollow body is pivotally held relative to the other hollow body and includes at least one turbulence-generating body that extends in the direction of the other hollow body. For rotating the pivotally held hollow body the drive unit is couplable to the hollow body. In this manner a single-stage device for cooling and dehumidifying gases that include water vapor is implemented, which device requires little installation space and is of a particularly lightweight construction. Thus the device is particularly well suited for use in vehicles, in particular in aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Felix Frederik Oehme